7 Ways to entertain visiting family this holiday (GIFS)

Dec 17, 2014 at 7:24 a.m. ET

The holidays are upon us, kids will be home for winter break soon and the busy travel days have begun! This means it's time to get ready for some serious family time.

These winter days can get long so arm yourself with this list of things to do with visiting family to ensure your days are filled with fun and good old-fashioned holiday cheer!

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1. Bake cookies

Everyone loves a sweet snack... especially Santa. Work together and make him a delicious plate of cookies. They'll need to be taste tested of course!

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2. Piece together a jigsaw puzzle

Puzzles can be therapeutic and addictive. Get one going on your dining room table and before you know it you'll have family members popping in to help!

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3. Go ice skating

Move over Elsa, there is a new princess in town when you hit the ice! Find a local rink and strap on some skates. Your family will enjoy a new change of pace and the exercise is good for you. Bundle up!

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4. Stock up on board games.

I'm not just talking about Candy Land and Apples To Apples, there are some really fun board games out there and if your family isn't too crazy competitive, you might get a good laugh out of a evening spent challenging each other to a new game!

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5. Frozen water gun experiment

Kids love science experiences and if it's cold enough you might really impress them with this trick. Simply fill a water gun and take it outside to spray. Watch the water instantly turn to ice!

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6. A caroling we will go

Wrap Grandma in her best winter shawl and take the family caroling through the neighborhood. Maybe someone else's neighborhood. You'll put a smile on everyone's face and the more family members you can talk into going, the more fun it will be!

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7. Bowling

Who doesn't love a friendly afternoon spent bowling with family? Not only is it a great way to get out of the house when you're climbing the walls with cabin fever, but it's also safe from the cold weather! Check out AMF locations near you.

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Above all, enjoy the time you have with your loved ones even if they drive you crazy or you happen to lose one piece of that jigsaw puzzle and you find yourself losing your mind! Well... there are other fun holiday options too.

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